As part of its ongoing efforts to promote athletes’ safety and wellbeing, the International Olympic Committee approved the establishment of the «International Safeguarding Officer in Sport Certificate».
The course leading to certification is set to commence in September 2021. This is a first of its kind because there is currently no minimum standard of education or training for safeguarding officers in sport on an international level.
The five-month education course will be developed by an International Advisory Board of experts, and will be hosted on Sportsoracle platform.
«The safety and wellbeing of athletes are paramount to the IOC and the Olympic Movement. I am pleased that we can today initiate this certificate to enhance awareness and education in this important area,» said IOC President Thomas Bach.
Registration for this course will be open to anyone, in particular to International and National Federations and National Olympic Committees. The course will include a final examination, which must be passed in order to receive the certification.
Moreover, 11 additional webinars for National Olympic Committees to address challenges in developing and implementing athlete safeguarding initiatives will be available from October 2020 onwards.
Additionally, the International Olympic Committee is planning a safe sport digital education and awareness campaign Athlete365. The campaign will look to build global awareness around safe sport, protect the integrity of sport and promote sporting values in the run-up to the Olympic Games in Tokyo.